The diverse repertoire of soprano Faye Newton ranges from the twelfth to the eighteenth century. For the past decade she has performed as a soloist with Philip Pickett's New London Consort, most notably at the BBC Proms, in a world tour of Monteverdi's 'Orfeo' directed by Jonathan Miller, and currently in a production of Purcell's 'Fairy Queen' which has delighted audiences in Paris, Rotterdam, Barcelona and continues to Istanbul in 2013.'Faye Newton's crystal clear soprano was a delight to listen to - and her diction was impeccable.' (Bachtrack.com)
In January 2009 Faye made her solo debut with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in Handel's 'Ode for St Cecilia's Day' at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In July 2013 she performed in Koopman's 'Féstival Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord' with the Netherlands-based ensemble 'Caecila-Concert'.
Faye has a particular love for the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries and is lucky enough to perform this repertoire regularly with The Gonzaga Band. Their CD of solo motets from this period, entitled 'Sacred Garland', was released on the Chandos label in July 2009, and a second recording 'Chamber Vespers' followed in September 2011. 'A ravishingly beautiful disc..Faye Newton sings with purity and a lovely tone.' (Musical Pointers)
Faye performs medieval courtly song with vielle player Hazel Brooks as 'Duo Trobairitz'. Their CD, 'The Language of Love' (songs of the troubadours and trouvères), was released on the Hyperion label in 2007 to international critical acclaim, and was the American Record Guide Choice of 2007. 'There are some outstanding renditions here...Newton is fresh-voiced and immediate.' (Early Music) 'A disarmingly charming voice.' (International Record Review)
2013 is a busy year for Faye and sees the release of an exciting new recording of Monteverdi's 'Orfeo' by the Taverner Consort, directed by Andrew Parrott, on which Faye sings the role of 'Euridice' opposite Charles Daniels in the title role. It also sees Faye's continued collaboration with the lutenist Jacob Heringman. Faye has a rich and robust voice, without losing any of the clarity that the music demands. Her relaxed style made all of this evening's songs sound deceptively simple as she danced through the cross-rhythms and ornamentation.' (Bachtrack.com)
Faye also teaches singing at the Universities of Newcastle (where she is Head of Classical Singing) and Durham and from her home in Northumberland.